13/12/2016 - General News
The effort to save the humble honey bee is getting a boost in Wellington, with 35 new beehives being delivered around the region this month – ten of which have been funded by Z Energy.
Operated by Lower Hutt community-based urban farm project Common Unity and its Beeple Honey Collective, the hives are rented out to businesses and individuals, creating employment, supporting the lives of urban bees, and feeding hungry kids in the community in the process.
With the help of Common Unity, the ten purpose-built beehives funded by Z have been housed at Taita College, Central Wellington community garden Innermost, and on land in Stokes Valley for two local primary schools to access.
Z’s Community Champion, Haley Small, said supporting the hives is part of Z’s commitment to community and sustainability.
“Our communities are important to us, our people live and work there, our customers live and work there and we’re always looking for ways to make a real difference.
“Common Unity’s work to grow food, skills and leadership in the local community really fits with our values, both in terms of how we support our local communities and the environment,” Haley said.
“We reckon the Beeple Honey Collective is pretty amazing because not only is it creating employment and providing a valuable food source to local families, it’s also supporting our at-risk urban bees, which are central to our food supply, and our planet.”
The task of managing and maintaining the hives belongs to four Lower Hutt fathers who have trained to become beekeepers, or Bee Daddies as they’ve fondly been named.
Each hive will produce at least 10kg of honey each year, which will both feed local children and families through in-school breakfast programmes and be given to community groups connected to Z’s hives.
Common Unity’s founder, Julia Milne, said Z’s support for the Beeple Honey Collective project had helped extend the reach of the work Common Unity does in the community.
“Our mission with the hives is to strengthen communities by the action of preserving our bees.
“Without the support of companies like Z, and the many other organisations who generously get behind us, we simply wouldn’t be able to achieve the things we do – both in our local community and beyond,” Julia said.
For more information on Common Unity and the Beeple Honey Collective project, including information on how you can help support and spread the initiative, please visit http://www.commonunityproject.org.nz/beeple-honey-collective/.
For further information, please contact Z Communications Advisor, Georgina Ball, on 04 498 0132 or 021 191 1433.